La Sociedad Latinx: Bringing Unity and Latin Culture to BSU

La Sociedad Latinx (LSL) is one of the many cultural organizations Bridgewater State University has to offer its students. It proudly serves as a space for all Latinx students to come together and foster close bonds by learning about different cultures within the Latinx community. LSL hosts events, plays music, and so much more. It has played a large role in uniting the Latinx community at BSU, often collaborating with other organizations like Mi Gente, BSU’s Latin dance team, for events.

LSL’s Public Relations Manager, Emily Xirum (’25) told The Comment, “I think the importance of having a space on campus for Latinx is really valuable…a space where anyone can join, is great.” Xirum also gave some advice to Latinx students looking to get involved: “Put yourself out there! When I first started at BSU, I was a transfer student and a commuter so it was very hard for me to dive into organizations and find people to connect with. The reason I was introduced to LSL was by another member and [who] was like ‘Hey, come join our meetings’ and having that outreach was really beneficial. So, I say go for it! If your passionate about it, do it!”

On Thursday March 21, LSL hosted their annual Noche Loca event featuring Latin music, food, and games for attendees. Every year, Noche Loca focuses on a centralized theme, and this year’s was “Festa Junina.” “In Brazil, we celebrate Festa Junina with kids. It’s mostly a child-oriented holiday,” Secretary Ana DeFaria (’25) explained. “Brazil is filled with very heart-warming people, so holidays like these, they just bring us closer and makes us feel at home. This is good for BSU because we are trying to build a community for students and bring people to LSL’s events.”

The event featured two live performances by Samba Viva, a Brazilian dance group based in Cambridge, MA. Following the performance, many students were gathered in the Rondileau Student Union ballroom dancing the night away to music. Student Victoria Cepata (’24) shared, “I love LSL because it is such a fun place to come and meet new people. You can connect with different cultures as well; that’s what I love most about it. I’m always learning new things. I think it’s important for inclusion too and making people feel welcomed.”

For those looking to get involved with La Sociedad Latinx, the organization meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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